Prosecutors want to tell jury ex-NFL star spoke about anger

BOSTON (AP) Prosecutors in the double-murder trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez have asked a judge to allow them to tell the jury he told a witness he was ''very angry all the time.''

In a motion released Wednesday, prosecutors say Hernandez made the statement to a woman who wrote to him in prison in 2015.

Prosecutors allege Hernandez fatally shot two men in 2012 after one of them bumped into him at a Boston nightclub and spilled his drink. They argue the statement should be admissible to show his state of mind ''to explain his anger over a spilled drink.''

Hernandez's lawyers asked the judge to deny the request. They argue the statement refers to his general state of mind years after the killings.

The judge hasn't ruled.

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